Edmondson and Perth too good for Cocks and Townsville

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In an Australian WNBL Grand Final rematch Perth Lynx stole a win in Townsville defeating the Fire 89-85 in another classic on Friday night.

The match also pitched mate v mate and Tall Fern v Tall Fern as both Micaela Cocks and Toni Edmondson featured strongly for their respective teams.

Cocks and Townsville Fire made the early running, the combo guard splashed three triples in the opening quarter.

However Perth, now equal top on the WNBL ladder with a 7-3 record, took charge of the middle stages of the encounter. They moved to a 50-40 half-time lead, 66-54 at the final break and were ahead by 18 early in the final period.

However the Fire turned up the heat in the closing minutes and when Cocks landed her fourth trey of the night with 3:57 to play, the lead had been trimmed to eight points, 80-72. It became 82-77 with 90 seconds to play but Edmondson bossed the final few seconds grabbing an important steal and sinking three from four free throws to lead the Lynx to an important road win.

The Cantabrian scored a season high 18 points (6/12FG, 3/7 3PG), secured a game high 11 rebounds and added a block and the afore mentioned steal.

Cocks also came close to a double double adding 9 rebounds to her 14 points. The defending champions slip to sixth on the ladder with a 5-6 record.

Townsville’s other Kiwi Chevannah Paalvast didn’t see any court time.

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